You’re Not A True Car-Guy If You’ve Not Seen These 8 Movies


petrolhead films need to watch

The cinema is an incredible place if you think about it, I live around the corner of this small 4-screen theatre which was built in the early 1950s.  It may be in an area full of chavs, and drunk university students (usually at night).  But it’s a great place to see the latest films!

It’s still preserved brilliantly to this day!  It’s as nostalgic, as it’s excellent quality in picture and sound. The red velvet seats and carpets give you a true sense of comfort. And tickets are only £4.50 for a student, and popcorn is about as expensive, as a set of tic-tacs.

And since I’m planning to see the upcoming Fast and Furious film in that very place, this got me wondering-  What are the best petrolhead films, that every car enthusiast needs to see?

 

1. Vanishing Point, 1971

petrolhead films need to watch
Arguably a classic in cinema history.

If you like your V8s, muscle cars, Mopars, or even just thrills in general.  Then you’ll know that Vanishing Point is one of the most influential films in history.  Despite the rather pointless story line…

In reality, playing ‘I dare you’ which involves a Dodge Challenger and endless road crimes, can lead to people thinking that the driver is a complete hooligan.

But this petrolhead film simply doesn’t make us think this!  We’re aligned with Kowalski (a Vietnam war hero) who is challenged to drive this Mopar beast from Utah to San Francisco in just 15 hours!

Honestly, if you’re looking for a night in, which isn’t ‘Netflix and chill’, then this petrolhead film is certainly up there in your ‘to watch’ list!

 

2. Le Mans, 1971

petrolhead films need to watch
Quiet film, but incredibly gripping!

In case you’re about to ask, Bullitt isn’t going to appear in this list.  Don’t get me wrong, the car chase is a golden !  But the rest of the film is a bit grey.  For that, check out the best car chases article right here!

But Steve McQueen still gets credit in this niche ’70s piece of awesomeness.

The film is  a wilfully accurate representation of what the 24 hours of sweat, really looked like!  If your car crashes, your life can crash too.

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